Raise your hands if you love the Girl Scout’s Thin Mint Cookies! Yup – just as I thought, 9 out of 10 of you raised both hands. Those cookies don’t last long in our house. The two small sleeves of chocolate and mint crunchiness are gone before you can even pour yourself a glass of cold milk to go with it.
This recipe is originally from Confessions of a Cupcake Queen but since my Thin Mints were LOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGG gone I had to find a replacement.
Luckily those Keebler Elves knew what I needed. They make a Grasshopper Cookie – very similar to the Thin Mint. Not sure if I should have shared that information with you or not because now you can get your Thin Mint kick year round, not just that one time a year when those cute girls come knockin’ on your door.
These are pretty easy to make but they can be time consuming so as long as you have everything out, you may as well make a double batch. These can be frozen and taken out whenever you have a chocolate and mint craving attack. Gee – should I have told you that part too?
First you need to start with a very old food processor. Just kidding! Any food processor would work but this one is my mom’s. It’s a JCPenney brand. They don’t make them anymore but it heavier than a box of bricks and works like a charm yet. In the food processor put your cookies and crumble them up until they are pretty fine. If you don’t have a food process, seal them in a plastic bag and pound the heck out of it with a rolling pin. This is the desired method if you need to release some aggression and/or need an arm work out.
Speaking of arm workouts – my arms and shoulders are sore today. I water skied yesterday for the first time of the season and I tell you, it’s fun at the time but I ALWAYS pay for it the next day. But sorry – where were we… Oh yes, Grasshopper Truffles.
So, now you have the crushed up cookies, slowly add it to your cream cheese and stir it up with your mixer. You can do this by hand as well if you want more of an arm work out.
Which sounds better? – “My arms hurt because I mixed up a batch of truffles yesterday.” or “My arms hurt because I water skied yesterday.” Hmmm – that’s a tough one.
Now that it’s all mixed up, roll the mixture into 1” balls and place on a wax paper or nonstick mat lined cookie sheet. When all the balls are rolled, chill for at least 30 minutes.
Melt your candy melts (this candy maker works perfectly) and then dip those truffles one at a time into your dark chocolate. I like to use a plastic dipping tool and an offset spatula to tap off the excess chocolate.
Once they are all done you can go back with a fork and drizzle some extra chocolate on top for the “super fancy” affect.
There you have it – Grasshopper Truffles that not only quench a chocolate and mint craving but it can also give you a workout at the same time.
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Yield: 24 truffles
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 - 1 1/2 hours
10 oz box of Keebler Grasshopper Cookies
4 oz (1/2 block) cream cheese, softened
Dark chocolate candy melts or almond bark
1. Crush the cookies very finely in a food processor or in a sealed bag.
2. In a mixer, stir up your softened cream cheese. Slowly add the crushed cookies to the mixture.
3. Roll into 1” balls. Place on a wax paper or nonstick mat lined baking sheet.
4. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
5. Melt candy melts or almond bark.
6. Dip truffles completely in chocolate. Using a dipping tool and offset spatula, tap the excess chocolate off.
7. Place back on lined baking sheet and let set.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. May be frozen as well. Take out and thaw in the fridge a few hours before you want to serve them.
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